Potter: Kawasaki Yokichi (1948-)
Approximate size: W3.2″ by 3.1″ by H3.5″ or 8.1 by 7.9 by 9.1 cm
This is a set of 2 yunomi or tea cups coated with a fine celadon glaze by Kyoto potter Kawasaki Yokichi (1948-). He is an experienced potter and here the glaze is of a excellent shade with its characteristic crazing. This particular potter is famous for his ice-cracked celadon works. When viewing celadon pottery it is key to look at the area’s where the glaze runs thinnest as this is where you will see the most defects, in this case the rim. Due to the difficulties celadon production it has since its earliest appearance a highly valued type of ceramic. The ware was immensely popular because of its beauty; the Chinese also valued it because it resembled jade.
Adding to its popularity was a widely believed superstition suggesting that a celadon dish would break or change color if poisoned food were put into it.
Seiji or celadon is a glaze that usually turns to a jade green color. The firing of the iron in the glaze produces its beautiful color, which is brought out by reduction firings in a kiln at temperatures exceeding 1200°C. The origin of Celadon stoneware lies in China where during the Tang Dynasty (±618 till ±907), production started and found a willing and wealthy client base amongst the elite and intellectuals. A little later during the Sung Dynasty (±960 till ±1279), the supply lines for the resources used in Celadon wares became stable which caused export of Celadon ceramics all through out eastern Asia and eventually to Japan around the 11th century.
Both cups are in excellent condition, no chips or cracks. Come with the original quality paulownia tomobako, storage box of which the lid is signed and stamped. This type of design used in the tomobako is quite old and generally not used anymore these days.
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